This book tells the story of a bold new generation of women who, for the first time in the history of Bengali
theatre, performed in the public theatres of Calcutta. Women managed to break into the exclusively
male-dominated terrain of amateur and private Bengali theatre only in 1873, when actresses made their
appearance on stage for the first time. This book traces the journey of these women who not only dared to
be part of these Calcutta-based theatre groups but also put their life and soul into this world. It also examines
their relationship with their male mentors and patrons, and considers whether their attempts to break their
shackles and to speak with an independent voice was successful.